Citizens and Council Members Join To Defend Chapala City Limits
City Council rejects municipal limits proposal and requests a 90 day extension to respond
Arturo Ortega (Chapala, Jal). – Citizens and Chapala Council members join to reject a proposal of city limits that would take approximately 1,411 hectares from the municipality of Chapala.
During the town council meeting on Saturday, August 14, residents primarily from Ajijic voiced their opposition to the proposal. Lending his support, Chapala Mayor, Moisés Alejandro Anaya Aguilar, also spoke out against the congressional proposal, and supported residents in defending the current city boundaries which are based on geographic and economic data collected by the National Institute of Statistics and Geography (INEGI)
«I will be the first to defend the territory . . . I am not going to allow them to take away one square meter of our territory,” said Anaya Aguilar, regarding the congressional proposal. With a 60 day limit for Congress to respond and a new administration starting on October 1, the Mayor urged new leadership to continue defending municipal boundaries, adding that for the remainder of his administration he will take advantage of all legal resources available to him to ensure the boundaries remain intact.
Councilmen joined in defending the municipal boundaries and were critical of information that is being shared with the public, arguing that it is not accurate. Councilman Javier Degollado asserted that this is not a new problem, that over the course of the last decade, both Ajijic and Atotonilquillo have confronted this issue.
Ajijic councilwoman, Cristina Gómez Padilla pointed out that the proposal issued by the Commission of the State Congress would further reduce the area she represents, therefore she is also in favor of an extension during which support for the municipal territory can be gathered. Her colleague, PAN councilwoman, Lilia Alvarado Macias, highlighted discrepancies between the plan proposed by the Congress and that affecting land in Ajijic, San Nicolas de Ibarra, the municipal seat, and Atotonilquillo. Councilwoman Edith González estimates that in the proposal put forth by the State Congress Commission, Chapala would lose around 1,411 hectares.
The municipality of Chapala unanimously rejected the proposal and requested an extension of 90 days to respond and gather documentation necessary for the new administration to continue defending the city limits.
Translation: Yvonne Watterson
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